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realme 7 Pro: Value for money?

  • Published at 06:00 am October 19th, 2020
realme 7 pro
Photo: Zora Mohsin

The realme 7 Pro comes as an upgrade to its already competitive successor, the realme 7

The smartphone market seems to be getting increasingly competitive -- not only in an attempt to introduce next gen features for the users, but to accommodate all these advanced features in an affordable model. With “value for money” being a core driving force behind the design of many renowned brands, the latest phone in the realme family -- the realme 7 Pro -- stands as a worthy competitor.

The realme 7 Pro -- priced at just under Tk30,000 -- comes as an upgrade to its already competitive successor, the realme 7. However, as goes for most “Pro” versions of smartphone models, the upgrades more than make up for the higher price.

First impressions:

The realme 7 Pro comes with a 65W SuperDart USB type C cable charger, a pre-installed screen protector, and a generic silicone phone cover. The dual-sim tray is placed on the left, above the volume buttons, while the right side of the phone houses the power button. At the bottom, we find the USB type C charging port, the stereo speakers, and -- a real relief -- a 3.5mm headphone jack, that many high-end smartphone models have abandoned in the last few years.

The phone comes in two colours -- Mirror Silver and Mirror Blue. The design very much resembles that of the realme 7, with the two-toned reflective surface adding to the chicness of the phone. The semi-matte finish doesn’t allow for incredibly vivid fingerprints, either. Overall, this model looks and feels elegant.Shot on realme 7 Pro

Tech-geek details:

The realme 7 Pro includes a 6.4” Super AMOLED full-screen display, which is an upgrade from the IPS LCD screen of the non-pro version of this model; the display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3+. With a Snapdragon 720G processor, this phone operates on Android 10 as well as the built-in realme UI, providing a plethora of customization options for a more personalized experience. Users also get an internal storage of 128GB for both the 6GB and the 8GB RAM.

The 4500 mAh battery on the 7 Pro, considering the affordability of the brand, is an unexpected yet incredibly welcome addition. The 65W SuperDart charger promises 100% battery in 34 minutes -- a claim I was excited to put to the test, and I was not disappointed. A perfectly timed 35 minute YouTube video later, I came back to the (previously drained) phone fully charged.

The Sony sensor powered 64MP quad camera allows for a wide angle option, followed by an ultrawide option, a 2x, and a 5x. The camera quality is enhanced by the Sony sensor, and an added benefit considering the price point. The 32MP selfie camera placed at the upper left corner of the phone not only delivers high contrast, detail specific images, but also does not become an inconvenience while using the phone for other purposes.

The verdict:

The Super AMOLED display facilitates an elevated viewing experience for the user, with amplified vibrance and clarity. The stereo speakers also add to the experience, making watching videos on your phone a much more enjoyable activity.

Shot on realme 7 ProThe 7 Pro employs all the latest security options, with the pin code, facial recognition, and an on-display fingerprint sensor. The phone also recommends enabling both facial and fingerprint recognition, to ensure maximum security. Both these features are swift, with little to delay. The fingerprint sensor periodically lights up on the screen, however, which could be seen as an inconvenience until one gets accustomed to it. 

The SuperDart charger, on the other hand, is what I appreciate the most about this phone. The animation that comes up once the charger is plugged in showcases, in real time, the speed at which the device is charging. Although not necessarily an essential feature, it sure does make the experience much more exciting.

The overall performance of the phone is commendable, to say the least. The realme 7 Pro, with its speed, user-friendliness, and advanced features, paired with the competitive price, could, just maybe, give the higher end brands a run for their money.

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